The compatibility of unexplained wealth provisions and 'civil' forfeiture regimes with Kable

Gray, Anthony (2012) The compatibility of unexplained wealth provisions and 'civil' forfeiture regimes with Kable. Queensland University of Technology Law and Justice Journal, 12 (2). pp. 18-35. ISSN 1445-6230

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This paper considers the growing use of civil forfeiture and unexplained wealth provisions at national and state level in Australia. Essentially, they provide for the forfeiture of property belonging to a person in the absence of a conviction of that person for a related offence. They are based rather on a suspicion that the person may have derived such property from an offence, though the allegation need never have been formally made in court, let alone a conviction obtained. I argue here that to ask a court to make a forfeiture order in such circumstances is to ask them to act in a non-judicial manner, since confiscation of property is seen to be punishment, and this should only be inflicted upon a person following a criminal trial. In essence, though they might be dressed up as civil proceedings, the author argues they are in substance criminal proceedings, such that the criminal standard of proof should apply. The court should not be asked to participate in such proceedings, and to do so is offensive to the Kable principle.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author retains copyright.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Law
Date Deposited: 22 Oct 2012 02:08
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2014 05:59
Uncontrolled Keywords: forfeiture, civil forfeiture, unexplained wealth, Kable
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180110 Criminal Law and Procedure
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180108 Constitutional Law
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 94 Law, Politics and Community Services > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940403 Criminal Justice
Identification Number or DOI: 10.5204/qutlr.v12i2.488

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